Lots of people struggle at this time of year. What’s more, it’s often hard to find stories of happiness in the mass media. But they are out there. The world has no shortage of genuine, kind people who are going out of their way to help friends and strangers alike.
The world might not be perfect, but let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the things that make it a little brighter.
A woman’s lost purse was returned to her after a homeless man in Cardiff found it and tracked her down. The woman has now set up a crowdfunding campaign to help the stranger have a better Christmas
- homeless man in Cardiff will restore your faith in people
- Christmas that he truly deserves
- (thanks to Simon Burgess for alerting us to this one)
Muslim restaurant-owners are offering free meals on Christmas to the elderly and homeless, saying “no one eats alone“
A construction crew in the US, who have been offered daily words of encouragement and friendliness from a neighbour of the apartment block they are working on – who suffered a stroke in 2012, limiting his speech – returned the favour by gifting the man with tickets to a Green Bay Packers game, merchandise and $400 cash
Malta has become the first country in Europe to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy
A woman in Utah has adopted 35 children over the years, including 26 with special needs, saying “no one can ever be loved too much“
A diner paid for a family’s meal after discovering that one member had been diagnosed with cancer, writing on the bill: “I lost my wife to cancer five years ago. I know how tough it can be going through this. Your meal is on me. Merry Christmas.”
The children of 92-year-old Shirley gifted their mother with a bench to commemorate the time and place her late husband asked her to “go steady“
We’ll have more next week.
From the end of November…
J K Rowling sent a young Syrian girl copies of the Harry Potter books after she wrote to her saying she reads “to forget the war” around her http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38101262/syrian-girl-thanks-jk-rowling-for-sending-harry-potter-books
A couple made and delivered a ‘winter care package’ to a man living in a makeshift tent nearby, saying “it is our job as human beings to take care of each other“
Social Bite – a homeless charity based in Scotland – has announced plans to build a group of eco-friendly, low-cost homes for homeless people, which will also give residents access to counselling, addiction therapy and advice on budgeting
Three Irish students have created a video in which they sing a Christmas Carol using Irish Sign Language (ISL) – raising awareness of the fact that ISL is not officially recognised in Ireland
Medicine Hat – a town in Canada – has become the first city in the country to ‘eliminate’ homelessness after pledging to do so in 2009
Here are our stories from week of 21st November…
A GP surgery in Huddersfield is helping patients that traditional care has left behind – helping to fill out forms, caring for the homeless and even screening for signs of torture
As part of an initiative to improve relations between religious groups in Warrington, figures from Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Mormon and Sikh groups are working together to provide food for those in need
A 15-year-old with autism – who gave up running when he was assaulted during a previous race – found that the outpouring of love and support from his community convinced him to run again. During the race, more than 1,000 well-wishers turned up to cheer him on
The phone boxes of a town in Northern Ireland have been fitted with potentially life-saving defibrillators after a 16-year-old resident collapsed in the area
Here are last week’s stories…
The Metropolitan Police are currently organising the Christmas Tree Project for 2016, which will see a child in desperate need receive a present this December – get involved here (thanks to Lisa Hursell)
A town in New Zealand has built a special underground tunnel for the local penguins, which were previously running into cars, dogs and other dangers whilst on their travels:
Women in the UK followed others from around the world in walking out at the precise moment the gender pay gap would mean they’re working for free.
A police officer in Texas gave a young boy his own PlayStation 3 and a new copy of Minecraft after the boy’s Xbox – a gift from his father – was taken during a robbery.
The local community of a girl with a rare skin condition that makes playing outside impossible has raised £5,000 to convert her school and build her a ‘night garden’.
Hundreds of people in the US braved ‘The Polar Plunge’ – which involved people in New Rochelle entering the water in freezing November conditions – in order to raise money for the New York Special Olympics.
Dozens of black cab drivers in London offered free rides to veterans on Remembrance Sunday this past weekend.
Amidst many other acts of bravery, some citizens in Johannesburg – which as hit by flash flooding last week – formed a human chain to help women and children to safety.
A woman with ALS has learned to use an implant that will allow her to communicate via thought alone – the first of its kind.
A couple in Derbyshire have finally married after splitting 65-years-ago over parental disapproval.
A 12-year-old boy was honoured in Washington for his work fundraising for veterans with his hot chocolate stand.
The polish defence ministry is launching free self-defence classes for women nationwide.
A group of volunteers in Singapore have banded together to knit more than 2,500 hats, scarves and gloves for children living in the country’s northern region, where temperatures drop significantly in the winter.
Stay awesome, folks. And help us salute some óf the people in these 14 stories.
If you find any uplifting stories on your travels, let us know. Mail email@example.com, and we aim, for the time being, to update this article every week. We’d rather you not send us links from the Mail, Express or Sun if it’s all the same though.
Again, stay awesome, folks. There are good people in the world. Lots of them.
Here are our 23 uplifting stories from w/c 7th November…
A stranger paid for a struggling couple’s first date after hearing they’d put it off for financial reasons. She gave them £50 and told them to “make some memories“.
A seven-year-old cricket fan, who suffers from Asperger Syndrome, applied for the head coach position for his local team and received a personal invite to meet the players and tour the pavilion.
Women in France stood up for equal pay, by walking out of work at 4:34pm – the exact moment the gender pay gap meant they’d be working for free
Last one for now, but no link. To Charlotte, a Den Of Geek reader who works in a Tower Hamlets secondary school, who’s putting together a special scheme at her school – entirely off her own back – to give an extra incentive to those who get their heads down and get on with their work.